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District 87, Unit 5 to start year remotely, citing school COVID cases nationwide

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MCLEAN COUNTY (HOI) -- District 87 has made the decision to start the 2020 school year with all students learning from home.

A press release cites the rising cases around the country and community -- as well as larger school districts nationwide immediately shutting down classrooms, schools and entire districts due to positive cases.

Superintendent Barry Reilly also said six-foot distancing between staff and students in schools could not be guaranteed.

He said remote learning will be different in the fall compared to the spring. Attendance will be taken and assignments will be graded. Teachers will use district curriculum and supplemental resources for all classrooms and courses.

School registration is available at or at ESC, 300 E. Monroe Street, Bloomington from 8:00-3:00 daily, according to the release.

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Posted by District 87 on Thursday, August 6, 2020

McLean County Unit 5 has also made the decision to begin the 2020 school year remotely.

Unit 5 also cites the closing of other schools nationwide that have been forced to close days after opening because of positive cases.

In a Facebook post from Superintendent Dr. Kristen Weikle, she says the first day of school will be August 24 and that attendance will be taken.

Food service will also be available.

The district will continue to evaluate local metrics and updated information about COVID-19.

"If we feel that we can safely bring students and staff back in mid-October we will offer a hybrid and online option for all students PreK-12," she said.

That decision will be made by October 1.

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